I have altered the dates some from the original post which was written for a person born in 1900.
Imagine you were born in 1897.
When you’re 17, World War I begins and ends when you’re 21 with 22 million dead.
Soon after a global pandemic, the Spanish Flu, appears, killing 50 million people. And you’re alive and 23 years old.
When you’re 32 you survive the global economic crisis that started with the collapse of the New York Stock Exchange, causing inflation, unemployment and famine.
When you’re 36 years old the nazis come to power.
When you’re 42, World War II begins and ends when you’re 48 years old with a 60 million dead. In the Holocaust 6 million Jews die.
When you’re 55, the Korean War begins.
When you’re 67, the Vietnam War begins and ends when you’re 78.
A child born in 1985 thinks his grandparents have no idea how difficult life is, but they have survived several wars and catastrophes.
Today we have all the comforts in a new world, amid a new pandemic. But we complain because we need to wear masks. We complain because we must stay confined to our homes where we have food, electricity, running water, WiFi, even Netflix! None of that existed back in the day. But humanity survived those circumstances and never lost their joy of living.
A small change in our perspective can generate miracles. We should be thankful that we are alive. We should do everything we need to do to protect and help each other.
My Grandmother lived to be 97 years old. When she was 94 she was still carrying baskets of laundry down the stairs to do the was, still cooked every day, never owned a car or had a license, part of the privilege I had in being able to occasionally borrow the family car was I had to take her to doctors appointments. She saw the creation of so many things, she never learned how to use a computer though. She was tough, and I don’t mean her personality, I mean she was like US Special Forces tough, never let anything keep her down. In her late 80’s she fell down the stairs carrying a basket of laundry and broke her hip. She got patched up and was on her feet in record time for even a younger person. To her, things didn’t get done if you sat in bed all day because you were hurting. She certainly lived in interesting times.